Ticket #891 (new defect)

Opened 11 years ago

Last modified 10 years ago

Consider setting Lynx' STARTFILE to something less stupid

Reported by: jdreed Owned by:
Priority: low Milestone: The Distant Future
Component: -- Keywords:
Cc: Fixed in version:
Upstream bug:  DebianBug:627126

Description

Lynx's startfile is currently " http://lynx.isc.org", which apparently exploded last week. This makes users think that Lynx itself is unusable unless they specify another start page (in fact, OLC just got a ticket to that effect). We should consider setting it to  http://web.mit.edu or  file://localhost/~/

AFAICT, this is not override-able in ~/.lynxrc, which is profoundly stupid.

Change History

comment:1 in reply to: ↑ description Changed 11 years ago by andersk

Replying to jdreed:

Lynx's startfile is currently " http://lynx.isc.org", which apparently exploded last week.

Report a Debian bug?

AFAICT, this is not override-able in ~/.lynxrc, which is profoundly stupid.

You can override this with the WWW_HOME environment variable, or you can use a different lynx.cfg by setting LYNX_CFG. (Or you can report another Debian bug.)

comment:2 Changed 11 years ago by jdreed

I assume you mean file a bug that Lynx can't handle a broken STARTFILE? That's reasonable.

I'm not convinced that a site-specific STARTFILE is inherently wrong, however (especially if it only goes in -workstation or -cluster)

comment:3 Changed 11 years ago by jdreed

I wonder if we should set WWW_HOME in the dotfiles, like we do for e.g. EDITOR

comment:4 Changed 11 years ago by andersk

  • Upstream bug set to DebianBug:627126

comment:5 Changed 10 years ago by andersk

lynx.isc.org came back up at some point.

comment:6 Changed 10 years ago by jdreed

  • Milestone changed from Natty Release to The Distant Future

comment:7 Changed 10 years ago by geofft

Debian fixed the bug by repackaging Lynx in a way that no longer attempts to set the home page to www.debian.org, instead of attempting and failing.

See also

# Your choice of STARTFILE should reflect your site's needs, and be a URL that
# you can connect to reliably.  Otherwise users will become confused and think
# that they cannot run Lynx.

in lynx.cfg. So I'm not really that convinced that us setting STARTFILE=web.mit.edu is wrong.

That said, I propose we submit a patch to make lynx more able to deal with the home page being down, whether or not we customize the home page.

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